The end of March is the deadline for submitting your 2016 Hugo Award ballot. I’ve had a bunch of people ask if I was eligible in any categories. I am, thanks for asking!
I’m eligible in three Hugo Award categories:
1) Best Editor, Long Form (for Apex Publications)
Apex released some high quality books last year. The Apex Book of World SF: Volume 4 edited by Mahvesh Murad, the collection Sing Me Your Scars by Damien Angelica Walters, the novel Severance by Chris Bucholz, Best of Apex Magazine: Volume 1, the novel King of the Bastards by Brian Keene, and my creative nonfiction work For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher.
2) Best Editor, Short Form (for Apex Magazine)
I’m proudest of my work with Apex Magazine. Our subscriber base has tripled since 2014. Our site traffic is up 50%. We’ve had several works pick up award nominations and wins. We graduated from semi-pro to professional zine level.
It would be a HUGE honor to be considered for this category. Most years it is filled with high quality nominees.
3) Best Related Work (for For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher)
Not everything genre related is filled with unhappiness. I’ve had a fun ten year run, and this book documents that run.
There are many Apex Magazine short stories that I think are worthy of Hugo consideration: “Pocosin” by Ursula Vernon; “Remembery Day” by Sarah Pinsker; “When the Fall is All That’s Left” by Arkady Martine; “It is Healing, It is Never Whole” by Sunny Moraine; “Heirloom Pieces” by Lisa L. Hannett.
“Sing Me Your Scars” in Damien Angelica Walters’s collection Sing Me Your Scares is fantastic and just picked up a Stoker Award nomination.
How do you vote? You get a supporting or attending membership to MidAmericon II (aka World Con 2016).
I’m attending World Con this year at Kansas City, so I hope to see you there!